Oh What a Night… A story of fun, memories, and pre-web 1.0

This weekend I went to see Jersey Boys with my family. For those not in the know, Jersey Boys is the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. One of my all time favorite songs is “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).” You will see the importance of the parenthetical phrase shortly.

I’m not sure what made it my favorite song. I first heard it at a high school dance (Senior Ball, 1995… if only it were December 1993, that would be poetic justice). I’m not sure if it was the catchy piano introduction/chord progression, how the beat was easy to dance to, how easy it was to belt out the words, or even the “doo-doo-doo-doot doots.” Maybe it was because it WAS “what a night” (not like THAT, I didn’t know the actual meaning of the song back then… just that it was a fun night of dancing with my friends). read more

East Coast Road Trip – The Sequel

Last night I returned from my 2.5 week baseball road trip out to the east coast! The map below shows all the places I visited over those 2.5 weeks. Here are some fun facts from this trip:

  • Distance driven: 2,449 miles
  • Cities visited: 14
  • Brewers record during my trip: 6-9 (were in first place in the Central Division when I started, fell out of first place when I ended)
  • Brewers record in games I attended: 1-2
  • % of Meals including lobster: 28.9% (11 out of 38, including breakfast twice… lobster omelets!)
  • Consecutive days having lobster: 6 (thanks to Jean for ordering a lobster sushi roll on June 25 in Connecticut for the sole purpose of keeping the streak alive)
  • Halls of Fame visited: 3 (Rock and Roll, Baseball, and Basketball… I did pass near the football HOF and by the US Soccer HOF, and apparently the volleyball HOF also)
  • Most random thing I saw: Stephen King’s house in Bangor, Maine
  • Best meal: Katz Deli in New York City… the pastrami was so good it almost melted in your mouth!

Had a great time! It’s amazing how much time I spent out on the road, and I still ran out of time (and meals). read more